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Kew Specialist Certificate in Arboriculture

A one-year, full-time course to gain a certificate in everything affecting the care of trees, from the nursery to the arboretum


  • One year, September to September

The Programme involves:

  • working full-time within the Kew Arboricultural team and with the Arboretum Nursery team
  • a two week exchange with another arboriculture student from another horticultural organisation eg RHS Garden Wisely, Westonbirt Arboretum, Windsor, an NT garden

The coursework involves:

  • attending the Kew Diploma lectures on Arboriculture
  • completing a Pest and Disease project looking at the P&D affecting trees in the UK

Students will gain the following additional qualificiations

  • FEPA PA1 & PA6aw
  • Tractor driving
  • Manual handling course
  • Health & Safety training

To be eligible for the course applicants:

  • are expected as a minimum to hold a Level 2 qualification in Arboriculture and have the following Arboriculture certification: CS30 & CS38
  • should have six months* practical climbing experience in a professional arboricultural environment (*six months in total – not, for example, one day a week for six months)
  • should be computer literate with the ability to produce word-processed coursework
  • from overseas are considered, and acceptance is subject to a work permit being granted for non-EU nationals. A good working knowledge of the English language is essential and evidence to that effect will be requested.

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